which it would be for 10 meters.
I had several schedules I wanted to make. The first was Tom WD0HBR my friend in Dothan, Alabama. Sure enough we had a successful QSO on 7.110. Tom runs 5 watts with a MFJ 9040 and a 40 foot wire. It is nice to know I can reach Tom if all the usual means are lost. Tom and my parents live in the same town. The second was John W8JER in Sturgis, Michigan. We met on 17 meters SSB. John was 15 over with his home gear. He had me S9 to 10 over. We had a 30 minute chat with no problems. Micky said hello. John and Micky spend a few months of the winter in Panama City.
The third schedule was Eddie ZS6BNE in South Africa, Eddie and I had been trying for a intercontinental RaDAR QSO several times. I had heard him once pretty good but he did not hear me. Ten meters was the ticket this time. He heard me and gave me a 419. I gave him a 439. We both were running 5 watts. His antenna was 10 meter J pole. This tells me I should be using my 10 meter J pole which I have stored away. I also worked another RaDAR op Fred VE3FAL who was portable running 5 watts. I have to say this was another good performance from the 100 foot wire. I had good luck on 40, 17 15 and 10 meters.
In the afternoon, I decided to use the Icom 7100 and the SCG 237 tuner. I reconfigured the 100 foot ware as a delta loop fed at one of the low corners with the SGC 237. The funny thing was I had a tough time on 17 meters SSB even though I was running between 40 and 80 watts. 20 and 10 meters were better. I did work ZL1DK on 10 meters. I had a good ragchew with WA9BBS in Indianapolis about how he might go portable when he winters in Florida.
KX3 with 100 foot end fed
40 CW: WD0HBR AL, AD4Z FL, N1ZX FL
17 SSB: W8JER MI, VE3FAL ON, KF7GQD NV
17 CW N7DM WA
15 CW: OK40BOSCH ?
Icom 7100 with 100 foot wire as vertical delta loop.
17 SSB WA6FIZ CA
10 SSB W6WQA CA, ZL1DK New Zealand, KF7DED AZ
10 CW YV1KK Venezuela, LW3EX Argentina
20 SSB KF5WDJ TX, WA9BBS IA, W100AW/8 OH, W0S MO
On reflection it seems the vertical delta loop was a pretty good DX antenna on 10 meters!